Gesso serves four different purposes: to give "tooth" to surfaces that don't have enough, to prevent "thirsty" surfaces from sucking up too much of your more expensive paints, to create a smoother surface to work on, and to cover over prior mistakes. Five purposes: to add a certain amount of texture. There! I think that's basically it. So I don't think you have to worry about your pieces falling apart if you choose not to use gesso on canvas. Most canvas doesn't really need it unless it isn't as smooth as you'd like, but it is a thirsty material, so it's often worth taking the extra step. Love to see what you make! Best ~ Cyndi
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